Hampton Court Palace
Henry VIII'S favourite royal residence, Hampton Court Palace is a must-see. Queen Victoria opened the gardens to the public in 1838, and it's still one of the most popular palaces to visit. Inside you can explore William III'S State Apartments, the 450- year old Chapel Royal, King Henry VIII'S Great Hall (which is filled with tapestries) and his enormous Tudor kitchens. The palace is 35 minutes from central London by train.